Cucumber Mint Gimlet

In honor of the London 2012 Summer Olympics kicking off tonight, I wanted to share a great cocktail from across the pond, the Cucumber Mint Gimlet. This recipe swaps out vodka for a refreshing cucumber-infused gin, which tastes delicious and adds British flair to the beverage. It would be a refreshing signature drink for a summer wedding—or for any Olympics parties you might be hosting this weekend (just be sure to buy some patriotic cocktail napkins!). Check out the recipe below and tell us: How will you be celebrating the start of the Olympics? Cheers!

The Cucumber Mint GimletCucumber Mint Gimlet

4 1/2 cups Cucumber Gin (or 2 oz.)
2 1/4 cups fresh lime juice (or 1 oz.)
1 cup plus 2 tablespoons Mint Simple Syrup (or 1/2 oz.)
Cucumber peels, for garnish
Fresh mint sprigs, for garnish

To Make Cucumber Gin: Steep 2 1/2 cups diced, peeled cucumber in 4 1/2 cups gin, covered and chilled, 8 hours to 4 days (or 1/2 cup cucumber in 1 cup gin). Strain; store indefinitely in the refrigerator.

To Make Mint Simple Syrup: Heat 1 cup sugar and 1 cup water over medium-high heat, stirring until dissolved. Add 1 cup mint leaves; remove from heat. Cover; steep 30 minutes to 1 hour. Strain; discard mint. Refrigerate up to 2 months.

Directions: In a 2-quart pitcher, stir gin, lime juice, and syrup. Refrigerate. To serve, pour into a cocktail shaker filled with ice, shake vigorously, and divide among ice-filled 10-ounce glasses. (For a single drink, mix in a cocktail shaker filled with ice, and shake.) Garnish each with cucumber peel and mint.